Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, we know who one of them is.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday that Kevin Durant has tested positive for COVID-19, though he is "feeling fine."
Durant has not had symptoms and was among four positive test results on the Nets. The two-time NBA Finals MVP's message is one for everyone to heed: Stay quarantined. https://t.co/7E58fcyFjm— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
The Warriors were scheduled to host the Nets at Chase Center -- in front of no fans -- last Thursday, but never got the chance as the NBA season was suspended the previous day after two Utah Jazz players tested positive for COVID-19. The Nets then returned to Brooklyn, where they were reportedly tested for the virus by a private company. Results came back Tuesday, after which the Nets put out a press release stating that four players had tested positive.
"Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic," the Nets said in the release. "All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.
"The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting."
Given that the Nets were in town prior to the season being suspended, one wonders if Durant had an opportunity to meet up with some of his former Golden State teammates before Thursday's game. That's a possibility Warriors coach Steve Kerr hopes never came to pass.
Steve Kerr responded to the Nets coronavirus news by saying, “I’m hoping players didn’t hang out with them” before the game last week.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 17, 2020
The Kings were scheduled to host Brooklyn last Sunday.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters Tuesday that no Golden State players have been tested for the coronavirus yet, as there aren't enough testing kits.
Bob Myers says that the Warriors haven't tested anybody for coronavirus yet because the team has been told by doctors that with limited testing kits available around the country, asymptomatic people shouldn't get tested— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 17, 2020
The four Nets players that have tested positive for COVID-19 bring the NBA's total to seven. It would not be shocking whatsoever to see that number significantly grow.